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If you've driven on Highway 395 north of Reno in the past few weeks, you've probably wondered about the growing field of solar panels there. They are part of the growing need for electricity and the growing effort for large consumers to begin generating their own.

"Just because of the nature of our research here, we use a lot of computers and a lot of computer labs and they take a lot of electricity," says Peter Ross, the Assistant Planner for the Desert Research Institute. "There are nearly 4,000 photovoltaic panels in this installation. But added to the others we're at nearly 8,000. When this is all online we're be producing 40% of the energy we need up here."

And it will pay off immediately.

This was funded through NV Energy," Ross says. "So there's no DRI money involved and no taxpayer money. And when our need for buying energy here drops....so will the burden on the taxpayer overall. And NV Energy has a state mandate for creating more renewable energy and this will help them meet that mark. So it's a win for everyone."

And because research is what they do at DRI, they already have crews working on projects studying how those panels will impact vegetation and they also have a crew studying the most efficient ways to keep so many panels clean.
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